Quentin Tarantino Delaying Western 'Hateful Eight' After Script Leaks
by Ethan Anderton
January 21, 2014
Well, this is just terrible. Just after hearing over a week ago that Quentin Tarantino had completed the first draft of his new western The Hateful Eight, with an eye towards Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz to star, the film has now been shelved due to a stupid mistake by someone in Hollywood. Deadline has word that the script for the film leaked around Hollywood after the writer and director only handed it out to only six people. Apparently Tarantino's agents began getting phone calls from agents looking to pitch actors for roles in the film, and that's how he found out. The director is so upset that he has decided he will publish the story first (maybe as a book or graphic novel?) and may make the movie "in the next five years."
Here's what Tarantino told Deadline about this fiasco:
“I’m very, very depressed. I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today."
The question is who leaked the script and probably won't work in this town again? Tarantino guesses:
“I gave it to one of the producers on 'Django Unchained,' Reggie Hudlin, and he let an agent come to his house and read it. That’s a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didn’t end up with the script. There is an ugly maliciousness to the rest of it. I gave it to three actors: Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth. The one I know didn’t do this is Tim Roth. One of the others let their agent read it and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood. I don’t know how these fucking agents work, but I’m not making this next. I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now. I give it out to six people and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got ten more where that came from.”
Tarantino thinks that the script might have leaked from Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents actor Bruce Dern, but they've denied the suspicion (who wouldn't?) The bad news is that Tarantino may never find out who leaked the script because he failed to watermark the copies, which is usually done with high profile scripts so the leaks can be traced. Of course, that's not a foolproof plan either because interns and assistants copy secret scripts all the time. Tarantino isn't one to care when this happens, noting:
“I am not talking out of both sides of my mouth, because I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the net. Frankly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it. But I gave it to six motherfucking people! Starting this week, I’ll be setting meetings with publishers.”
It seems like the script just leaked too early for Tarantino's liking, and it sounds like he's just more hurt than anything. That's a bummer for anyone hoping to see Waltz (who wasn't actually one of the actors given the script, it turns out) and Dern team up, but at least the director says that he will make sure to write the Oscar nominee from Nebraska a big role in his next film. Of course, Tarantino isn't giving any details whatsoever on that project, not even a genre, so who knows what we'll end up with now. Let's just hope some stupid agent or other industry "professional" doesn't screw it up for the rest of us again. Upset?